Welcome back for a brand new edition of United Transfer Tracker. Your home for all transfer news and rumours regarding Manchester United. Last week, United’s summer transfer budget was “announced”. English publications gave amounts ranging anywhere between £150-350 million, and gave a list of all the big name players that they thought the money would be spent on. When Louis van Gaal was asked about it during his weekly press conference, he claimed that it was “disgusting” and “disrespectful to his players”. There are still more rumours to discuss this week including an update on a familiar midfielder on the radar, and the loan of a possible future superstar from United.
Kevin Strootman, Roma
Reports have come out recently stating that if Manchester City defeats Roma in their Champions League match-up tonight, Manchester United have a very good chance to sign Strootman in January, if they choose to do so. Dutch manager van Gaal is keen on Strootman, who plays under him for the Netherlands national team. The Roma midfielder is recently back from injury, and still has not gotten back to full fitness yet. If Roma defeat City and advance to the Champions League knockout round, the move for Strootman may be delayed until the summer window.
Dani Alves, Barcelona
Still looking for defensive reinforcements, Manchester United may try to make a deal for Barcelona defender Dani Alves. The Brazil international is one of the top defenders in La Liga, and could very well replace Rafael at right-back for United. Alves will be available for free transfer this summer, so the Camp Nou club will want to get a profit off of the 31 year-old and sell him in January.
Patrice Evra, Juventus
Patrice Evra may be set for a surprising transfer back to Old Trafford. Evra, who was with the club from 2006-2014 has had trouble adjusting to the Italian game, and wants a transfer back to his old club in January. The 33 year-old French international would take the place of the injured Luke Shaw at left-back, and also gained experience at Juventus playing left wing-back depending on which system van Gaal chooses to implement. Evra was a great leader during his time at United, and could help develop an otherwise young defensive corps.
Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United
Adnan Januzaj has been dubbed a future world-class player by most who have seen him play, but lately, he has not gotten as many chances as he may have liked with United. His absence from the first team could mean that he will be sent out on loan in January, with Real Sociedad, now managed by David Moyes, a very likely destination. Moyes gave Januzaj his first real chance with the Red Devils last season, and wants him in his new squad with Sociedad. The 19 year-old was dubbed one of the 50 most exciting teenagers in football by Bleacher Report.
Guillermo Varela, Real Madrid (on loan from Manchester United)
This probably doesn’t seem like a huge deal considering that Varela hasn’t played for the first team at United, but he has been incredible for the Real Madrid reserves. So much so that Real Madrid is strongly considering signing him to a permanent deal once his loan spell is up. The 21 year-old full back could have a future at Old Trafford, but Real Madrid wants that future to stay at the Bernabeau.
That is it for this week’s United Transfer Tracker. Thanks for reading! Check back next week for more transfer news and rumours regarding Manchester United.